Where to go for the best holiday light displays in the Valley


World of Illumination opens in Glendale November 20, 2019.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Festivus for the Restivus, there are incredible holiday light displays all over Arizona. Here are some of the best!

Honorable Mention: Last season’s Great Christmas Light Fight, saw our state being represented with the Phoenix Winter Wonderland! David Chuchla’s West Phoenix home is decorated inside and out. Excited your senses with over 70,000 lights, 50 trees, 6,000 ornaments and over 1,000 animated figures. Since 1994, it’s been open every night in December from 6 to 10 p.m. Join the fun at 4237 W. State Ave, Phoenix, AZ, 85051. More info at

30: According to one fan, this couple has more energy than a 2 year old. They start decorating in August for their Holiday display. Hunter’s Christmas Wonderland at 2467 E. Aris Drive in Gilbert boasts 80,000 lights. This is one Christmas house you can see inside and out for free. Donations are accepted. Look for nearly 3,000 snowmen and nearly 400 Santas. Friday and Saturday nights from 6-10 p.m. Visit for more dates and times. You could also call (480) 822-0604 for more info.

29: Danny Dingman’s Santa’s Runway Lights in Mesa may only be one townhouse, but it’s quite an impressive display. With over 90,000 lights, figurines, and even snow nightly, it’s worth the trip. It is located at 2329 N. Recker Road in Mesa. Just follow the signs.

28: Snoopy and his gang adorn the 100,000 lights in a beautiful Winter Wonderland display at 7324 E. Villa Way, Scottsdale, AZ, 85257.

27: Frank Kostyun’s Christmas on Milky Way, is a dazzling out of this world display in Chandler that has more than 100,000 computer animated Christmas lights set to music like Darude’s hit “Sandstorm” and a number of holiday carols and favorites. There are also several video clips, including the famous scene from Christmas Vacation where Chevy Chase flips on his display. Befitting its name, it boasts an array of 26 stars made from color-changing LEDs that are perched atop the house. It can be seen nightly from 6-10pm and runs through Jan 1st at 4606 W. Milky Way, Chandler, Arizona 85226. Chandler Blvd near Rural.

26: Christmas Spectacular at 8535 South Stanley Place in Tempe is the gorgeous home of Stanley and Andrea Benson. It becomes even more eye-catching when the couple rolls out their animated yuletide array of more than 100,000 lights. Strewn throughout the branches of three enormous trees and arranged practically everywhere else on their house and in its yard, the property is a happy hullabaloo of color. Things are made even livelier by an enormous animated Santa measuring 30 feet tall that stands over the scene as various elves deliver gifts, decorate trees, and frolic on a teeter-totter. On display nightly, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., through January 1. On Warner between McClintock and Rural.

25: Since 1986, Christmas on Upland Drive has offered onlookers a tremendously festive holiday light display involving many houses in the neighborhood. Something unique to this event is the ability to ride in a horse drawn carriage. Food is also offered. Nightly from 5-11 p.m. Near Warner and 101.

24: See 100,000+ lights among a group of four homes in a cul de sac at 11802 N. 55th St., Scottsdale, AZ, 85254 that decorates every holiday season. It’s near 56th st and Cactus.

23: The Richins Residence at 396 West Liberty Lane in Gilbert boasts a massive annual light display, created by Gilbert resident Chad Richins. It not only encompasses his own two-story home but also four neighboring houses. The display features more than 100,000 individual lights that sing with color while glittering and flashing through an impressive choreographed audio and visual sequence that lasts for 13 songs. Richins, who’s been creating light displays for a decade, programs everything himself, which requires a lot of man-hours for each song. “It takes me about 100 hours per song,” he says. “It’s a lot of work.” The display has earned plenty of attention, both from Valley residents (who flock to the display) and from the producers of ABC’s The Great Christmas Light Fight, who featured it in an episode that aired in 2017. If it’s good enough to make the airwaves, it’s definitely worth checking out. Operated nightly from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., through December 31. Near Ray road between Cooper and Gilbert.

22: Christmas On Orchid Lane offers 100,000 lights on more than 15 decorated homes, and just because Santa is on his sleigh Saturday nights for complementary individual or group photos (weather permitting) we put this fun place at number eight on our list. Park and walk the street any evening for photo opportunities. Food donations are accepted for a local food pantry. 6480 W Orchid Lane, Chandler, AZ, 85226. Visit

21: An entire cul-de-sac gets in the holiday spirit with fun displays including flowing rivers, palm trees, twinkling icicles, inflatables and animated characters, as well as animated window displays with 110,000 lights altogether at 1517 S Arroya Cir, Mesa, AZ, 85206

20: An annual tradition attracts families and individuals from all walks of life at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Mesa temple. The free display of hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights is open to everyone. As you walk around the grounds, Christmas music plays. There is a nativity scene and statues of Mary and Joseph. The lights are on nightly from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 525 East Main Street Mesa, Arizona 85203. Unfortunately, due to the Mesa Temple renovations, the Christmas Lights display has been postponed until 2020.

19: In the past, there have been a few Arizona homes on the seasonal television special, ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight,” but only one that won! Christmas on Comstock in Gilbert is made up of 110,000 lights over 13 houses that have been synchronized to music. In 2015 the extravagent light display took home the grand prize of ABC’s tv special The Great Christmas Light Fight! An amazing show located near Elliot and Higley roads which benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation and is one of the most impressive holiday light displays across the nation. It runs through Dec. 31 and is best experienced by driving through with a car full of family and/or friends and listening to 93.9 FM. 3642 E. Comstock Dr., Gilbert, AZ 85296.

18: A Molar Christmas features almost 128,000 lights with a light show synchronized with displays across the street featuring Santa, Grinch, Buddy the elf and Snowflake. Photo opportunities with female elves Friday and Saturday. Homemade hot chocolate available. Listen to 18 songs in your car. Canned food accepted for St. Mary’s Food Bank. Visit for character schedule. 8251 W. Camino de Oro, Peoria, AZ, 85383. 7-10 p.m nightly.

17: The Solorzano and Nevarez families have combined to display 130,000 lights between two houses on East Harmony Avenue in Mesa. One of the houses is even synchronized to music. Check out for all the info.

16: With over 2,600 square feet to work with, there are nearly 150,000 LED lights in this dazzling holiday display. They include a unique nativity scene with custom made 3-D, animated, life-size characters. Located in the west valley at 21714 N. 61st Drive, Glendale, AZ, 85308.

15: A computer animated show featuring 150,000 lights decorate over 3,300 square feet of fun! They include four singing Christmas trees, eight mini trees, and four leaping arches. A candy cane theme with three candy cane spirals and a candy cane ladder are there. A 20-foot spiral Mega tree and more adorn the residence at 5923 E. Kings Ave, Scottsdale, AZ, 85254

14: The Pelky Family of 1335 N. Papillon Circle in Mesa have tirelessly put up 150,000 lights for onlookers to take in. The experience includes a full manger scene, land of misfits, the Grinch attempting to get into the house, a flying sleigh and reindeer and a forest of candy canes. Canned food donations accepted for Maggie’s Place. They’ve even got a giant birthday card for Jesus Christ. On display from dusk until Midnight nightly.

13: Drive through this two-acre display that features 200,000 lights. You’ll experience the full Christmas story, animals, a winter wonderland, deserts, swamp, ocean and Santa themes. Free, but donations are greatly appreciated. Address: 37922 N. 20th St., Phoenix 85086

12: The Arcadia Christmas House has sound and light co-ordinated displays, a massive Santa and various other features that include animatronic dolls, ornaments, and trees cascading with lights. 250,000 lights, music, animated decorated window displays, inflatables, a bubble machine and more. 6-10 p.m. nightly through the new year. Experience the holiday fun at 4415 E. Calle Tuberia, Phoenix, AZ, 85018.

11: The Natal Circle Holiday Lights are situated on a cul-de-sac on Natal Circle just east of Cherry in Mesa. A total of 14 homes in the neighborhood deck their houses with over 250,000 lights and backyard nativity scenes. The wondrous display featuring nativity scenes, angels, reindeer, Christmas trees, candy canes, garlands, wreaths and more goes until Christmas Eve, dusk until 10 p.m. at 654 W. Natal Circle, Mesa, Arizona 85210, near Guadalupe and Country Club Roads.

10: Christmas Forever is an immersive nighttime spectacular that includes 250,000 computer programmed lights, music, pyrotechnics, characters, and video projection. Kyle and Sammy Pratt have obviously learned a thing or two about grabbing people’s attention from their dad, legendary Valley radio personality Dave Pratt. Their annual holiday display, Christmas Forever, serves up a show-stopping and eye-popping collection of choreographed lights, video projections, and even pyrotechnic displays. A 75-foot gingerbread house, flame machines, CO2 jets, and bubbles are there, too. It also offers a soundtrack featuring a few rock songs and plenty of charming elements. Open now through Dec. 31, weekdays from 7-9 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. on weekends. Free hot chocolate and cookies are offered on weekends. 11330 N. Sundown Drive.

09: Chris Birkett’s Winter Wonderland is a visual spectacle of dazzling lights and displays! Over a quarter million lights are synchronized to holiday music. It’s so good it won The Phoenix New Times Best of Phoenix Award and The Great Christmas Light Fight show! Take your sleigh over to 8414 E. Valley Vista Drive in Scottsdale anytime from 6-10 p.m. You can visit as many times as you wish from now until December 31st. Enjoy computerized shows set to holiday music with 265,000 lights. Warm with hot cocoa and toast marshmallows on an open fire. ‘Island of Misfit Toys’ is the backyard theme. All the 411 at

08: Another house featured on a nationally televised show at number three on our list is David Preston’s Holiday Lights. If you happen to be on your way to Las Vegas for the holidays, the Preston Family in Kingman would love to have you experience their more than 270,000 lights all synchronized to holiday songs. With some help, it takes about 30 days to set everything up. The home was featured on the ABC seasonal show, “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in 2016 as well. 661 Shadow Mountain Drive, Kingman 86409

07: The Martinez family offers 300,000 lights and decorations plus snowmen, gingerbread, Star Wars characters and much more. The massive display is located at 1728 N. Papillon Circle in Mesa. Free popcorn, cocoa and cookies are offered Saturday nights starting at dusk.

06: There’s absolutely zero chance you’ll miss Mel and Patti Tasker’s sprawling display out among the farms and ranches of Laveen at 8211 South 63rd Avenue, since it’s easily visible from at least a mile away. It’s probably because their house is perched atop a small hill with not much in the way of street lights out in this neck of the Valley. Oh yeah, and there’s also the fact they’ve got upwards of 300,000 lights covering a majority of their property. It’s so big that you can drive a car through it, as the display is arranged along the Tasker’s circular driveway. Be sure to take it slow, however, both for safety and to give yourself time to check out each of the hundreds of cutouts of cartoon and kid-friendly characters (including everything from Astroboy to The Legend of Zelda), a bestiary of zoo creatures made from lights, and an animated display set under the sea. Enjoy the experience Monday to Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m., and Friday to Sunday, 6 p.m. until 1 a.m., through January 2.

05: Festival of Lights is the beautiful Million White LED Lights that famously illuminate Chandler Boulevard (from 24th Street to Desert Foothills Parkway) for the festive season. There to take in every night from now until Jan. 1, 2018. They are worth going the long way home to see.

04: One of the best and brightest Christmas light displays in the Valley was our number one pick in 2018! It’s called Illumination: Symphony of Light. The extravagent display boasts a mile-long 25-minute drive-thru light show with special attractions like a 26-foot-tall snowman and a 500-foot-long super tunnel.  The attraction is located near Interstate 17 and Jomax Road in North Phoenix. It has tractor-trailer-sized light tunnels to drive under, glowing hoops, lighted toy soldiers, and a 40-foot Christmas tree. Plus, nearly 2 million lights are synchronized to popular holiday songs and current hits that play through your car’s radio. The show’s creators said the display was designed to create memories. Open daily from 530-1030p.m, now through Jan 14th. A portion of ticket sales benefit Phoenix Children’s Hospital. More info at

03: Located in Phoenix, World of Illumination is the largest animated light show in the world, featuring nearly 2 million lights synchronized to holiday music. It’s a 25-minute drive-through event Don’t forget the hot chocolate and blankets, so you can roll the windows down to hear the accompanying music! A walk around space with food and play areas sits parallel.

02: Lights at the Farm is one of Arizona’s largest synchronized walk-through light shows with dancing trees, an 18-foot snowman, light fields, Santa and reindeer, a 90-foot RGB tunnel and much more. Bring family and friends and start a new Christmas tradition. 4011 S. Power Road between Elliot and Warner in Mesa. 2,000,000 lights are featured altogether.

01: There are nearly 4 million lights and 700 light sculptures at ZooLights. Of course, holiday music accompanies your walk through the park, and on certain nights you can even enjoy live performances from local artists and choirs. Don’t expect to see many real animals at the Phoenix Zoo for Zoolights, it’s all about the dazzling light displays.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.
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